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Healthy Living: Healthier Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly; I hardly ever watch a movie without it. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out popcorn was a whole grain, making it a healthier snack than most.

What’s not healthy about popcorn? All the fats and salt and flavorings that it often contains. Even the healthiest microwave popcorn has much more fat and salt than the kind you make in an old-fashioned air-pop popcorn maker.

But since those air-pop makers can be hard to find in stores, I needed to find a way to make my own, healthier microwave popcorn. Luckily, it’s easy – and you don’t have to make room in the kitchen for yet another special cooking device!

You just need popcorn (the original kind, which boasts a super NuVal score of 91) and Paper Chef Parchment Bags.

Add about 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to the parchment bag. Fold the bag down about 3 or 4 times. Microwave the popcorn 2 1/2 minutes on high.

Meanwhile, put just a little bit of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the bowl to the microwave with the popcorn and microwave for about 15 seconds. Remove the popcorn from the microwave and carefully open it. Add the melted butter and shake the bag. Serve!

I haven’t felt so good about indulging in popcorn since I was a kid, and we used to pop big bowls of popcorn in my brother’s Scooby Doo air-pop popcorn maker. In fact, when the Breaking Dawn movie was recently released on DVD, I rushed right out and got my collector’s edition – and not just because I’m a big fan of the Twilight movie vampires. I also knew it would give me the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie with a bowl of my favorite movie snack …popcorn. Guilt-free.

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